New Releases Nov. 30-Dec. 6 and Readers Choice C*ntest

December is usually a slow month for new releases–except when it’s not! I have my eye on the Dangerous Women anthology, although I’ll admit the eye is at least partially cynical, at least until I see the full table of contents and decide if there’s enough dangerous women authors included, or if it’s mostly men writing about dangerous women. :-). And what’s up with the covers of Malice and Cloak and Spider? I like them…both. I think they were separated at birth.

What do you want to read this week?  As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe will make your wishes come true. Your choice of print or digital unless otherwise stated. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please enter. If you’d prefer the first book in a series listed here, that’s okay, too. 

She Who Waits (Low Town #3), by Daniel Polansky, (December 1, Hodder & Stoughton)
Low Town: the worst ghetto in the worst city in the Thirteen Lands. Good only for depravity and death. And Warden, long ago a respected agent in the formidable Black House, is now the most depraved Low Town denizen of them all. Warden carried out more than his fair share of terrible deeds. Low Town is changing, faster than even he can control, and Warden knows that if he doesn’t get out soon, he may never get out at all. Warden must reckon with his past if he can ever hope to escape it. Many things stand between him and his slim hope for the future. And behind them all waits the one person whose betrayal Warden never expected. The one person who left him to become the man he is today. The one woman he ever loved. She who waits behind all things. 
The perfect Christmas story about a pair of sisters under a mysterious curse that forces them to travel around the US producing local theatrical productions. This Xmas, they’re producing A Christmas Carolwith the real ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.  (ebook only) 
Dark Descent (Nyx Fortuna #2), by Marlene Perez, (December 2, Orbit)
Nyx Fortuna is still reeling from Elizabeth’s betrayal, but Nyx’s cousin, Claire, has run away, and he has to find her and bring her back, or Elizabeth will suffer at the hands of his aunts, the three Fates. Claire has gone into the underworld of Minneapolis, where no one, not even the Fates, can follow. But Nyx must journey to a place where Hecate’s dark magic has Claire in her thrall. Saving his cousin means releasing Hecate from her underworld prison and perhaps fulfilling the prophesy foretelling the Fates. 
Consider another 1920: Imperial Germany has become the most powerful nation in the world. In 1914, she had crushed England, France, and Russia. By 1920, Kaiser Wilhelm II is looking for new lands to devour. The United States is fast becoming an economic super-power and the only nation that can threaten Germany. The U.S. is militarily inept and is led by a sick President who wanted to avoid war at any price. Germany is able to ship an army to Mexico to support a puppet government. Her real goal: the invasion and conquest of California and Texas. America desperately resists as enemy armies savagely marched up on California, and move north towards a second Battle of the Alamo. Only the indomitable spirit of freedom can answer the Kaiser’s challenge. 
A Dance of Mirrors (Shadowdance #3), by David Dalglish, (December 3, Orbit)
Haern is the King’s Watcher, protector against thieves and nobles who would fill the night with blood. Yet hundreds of miles away, an assassin known as the Wraith has begun slaughtering those in power, leaving the symbol of the Watcher in mockery. When Haern travels south to confront this copycat, he finds a city ruled by the corrupt, the greedy and the dangerous. Rioters fill the streets, and the threat of war hangs over everything. To forge peace, Haern must confront the deadly Wraith, a killer who would shape the kingdom’s future with the blade of his sword. 
Alien Research (Katherine “Kitty” Kat #8), by Gini Koch, (December 3, DAW)
When rumors of a new super-drug surface, the FBI comes to Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini for help. An insidious plan is underway involving Titan Security, Gaultier Enterprises, and YatesCorp. As newly discovered A-Cs and hybrids begin to surface, more and more signs point to a new evil genius who’s using the A-Cs and their enemies both as guinea pigs. Centaurion Division is hit with more bad news: Chernobog the Ultimate, isn’t a hacker myth, he’s a real person, and he’s on the bad guys’ side. Kitty and company must find the real Dr. Feelgood and stop him or her before the latest version of Surcenthumain hits the streets and more people are harmed. Kitty’s focused on reviving the ACE entity before their enemies realize Earth’s best protection isn’t actually active, and revenge. 
Andromeda’s Choice (Legion of the Damned Prequel #2), by William C. Dietz, (December 3, Ace)
In a different world, Lady Catherine “Cat” Carletto would never have left her pampered life behind. But when Princess Ophelia became Empress Ophelia in a coup that claimed the lives of the princess’s brother and all who supported him, including the Carletto family, Cat had to hide, or die. She became Legionnaire Andromeda McKee, and now she’s a battle-scarred veteran who knows how to kill. Summoned to receive the Imperial Order of Merit from the empress herself, Andromeda learns that she isn’t the sole surviving Carletto, her uncle Rex is not only still alive but also the leader of a resistance group determined to overthrow Ophelia. The moment is coming when her revenge will be at hand. Will she be able to act, or will she be betrayed by those she has come to trust? 
“Every king must have his heirs, and I will have heirs worthy of my legend…” Thren Felhorn is a legend of the underworld, the leader of the powerful Spider Guild, father to the Watcher of Veldaren, and the most feared man in a city flooded with crime and death. Cloak and Spidercontains six stories chronicling Thren’s tutelage under the fearsome Darkhand, his bloody rise to fame, the creation of his infamous guild, and the birth of his son, Aaron, who would grow up to be a legend all his own.  (ebook only) 
Communion Town: A City in Ten Chapters, by Sam Thompson, (December 3, Bloomsbury USA)
Each of us conjures our own city, one of many incarnations; a place throbbing with so many layers, meanings, and hidden corners cannot be the same for any two citizens. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different citizen, defining the city itself as a character, both protagonist and antagonist, and each is told in a different genre, from a hardboiled detective story to steampunk to gothic horror. As the novel unfolds in different neighborhoods, we encounter a lovelorn folksinger, a repressed detective, a slaughterhouse worker, a lost tourist, a bon vivant, and a ghost. From their lonely voices we gather the many-faceted story of the city: a place imagined differently by each citizen as he or she searches for connection, transformation, or escape.  (U.S. Release) 
Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, (December 3, Tor)
All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in Dangerous Women include work by twelve New York Times bestsellers, and seven stories set in the authors’ bestselling continuities—including a new “Outlander” story by Diana Gabaldon, a  tale of Harry Dresden’s world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones. Also included are original stories of dangerous women, heroines and villains alike, by Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Sherilynn Kenyon, Lawrence Block, Carrie Vaughn,  S. M. Stirling, Sharon Kay Penman, and many others. 
Dark Wolf Running (Bloodrunners #5), by Rhyannon Byrd,(December 3, Harlequin)
Passion and secrets collide and only their love will save two werewolves and their pack. With his sharp gaze locked on the most magnificent female he’d ever seen, Wyatt Pallaton did his best to hold himself back. Of course, Elise Drake was hardly just any female. Fiery and cool, strong, yet at the same time achingly vulnerable, she’d turned his entire world on its head. No matter how bloody difficult it proved to be, he was done letting her pretend he didn’t even exist. Done with letting her fight her own battles. Done driving himself slowly into this maddening state of frustrated desire. One way or another, things were about to change. Come hell or high water, she was done running. 
Darklove(Dark Ink Chronicles #5), by Elle Jasper, (December 3, Signet)
Utterly destroyed, or lost forever? This is the question that plagues Riley Poe. After her vampire lover, Eli Dupre, was seemingly murdered by a fallen angel, she receives word that he’s actually trapped in an alternate dimension, where hell on earth is revealed and dark forces reign. Riley’s been there before, and it nearly ripped her to pieces. But her efforts to find Eli are thwarted by a new foe: a powerful, unstoppable vampire is slaughtering humans. Riley knows how to handle a vamp, and with the WUP team by her side, she’s determined to take down the rogue. But what she finds rocks her to the core, as she discovers a startling connection between the slaughter and Eli, who might not be missing after all, and who might not be the same vampire she fell in love with. 
Darkwalker(Nicolas Lenoir #1), by E.L. Tettensor, (December 3, Roc)
Once a legendary police inspector, Nicolas Lenoir is now a disillusioned and broken man who spends his days going through the motions and his evenings drinking away the nightmares of his past. Ten years ago, Lenoir barely escaped the grasp of the Darkwalker, a vengeful spirit who demands a terrible toll on those who have offended the dead. The Darkwalker does not give up on his prey so easily, and Lenoir has always known his debt would come due one day. When Lenoir is assigned to a disturbing new case, he treats the job with his usual apathy, until his best informant, a street savvy orphan, is kidnapped. Lenoir will do anything catch the monster responsible for the crimes, even if it means walking willingly into the arms of his own doom. 

Dead Jed: Adventures of a Middle School Zombie, by Scott Craven, (December 3, Month9Books)

Jed is not your typical middle school geek. He is, to use the politically correct term, “cardiovascularly challenged.” When Jed was eight and at a friend’s sister’s birthday party, he blew his lips off onto the cake in front of everyone, finally prompting the Big Talk, and an emergency SuperGlue repair by his dad. Now as a target of Robbie, the supreme school bully, and his pack of moronic toadies, seventh grade at Pine Hollow Junior High is rapidly becoming unbearable. Jed’s had enough and is ready to plan his revenge. Jed finds that it’s awesome what you can do when you’re already dead! He goes from underground underdog to over-the-top hero and proves you don’t have to be living to have a lot of heart. 

Dragon’s Teeth, by Mercedes Lackey, (December 3, Baen)

Fiddler Fair: Animal rights fanatics try to “liberate” genetically reconstructed dinosaurs. Lawrence of Arabia meets a power beyond human comprehension, and King Arthur is reborn into the present day when he again gains possession of the enchanted sword Excalibur. Werehunter: A young woman who has been given the power to transform herself into a leopard, but finds herself pursued by a hunter who is more than human. Skitty, ship’s cat extraordinaire, and telepathic problem-solver, saves the day on a spaceship. Return to the world of the Heralds of Valdemar series, and much more. Occult detective Diana Tregarde, attends a gathering of romance writers and encounters a visitor whose passionate desire is for fresh, warm blood. 

Elementary(Elemental Masters #9.5), edited by Mercedes Lackey, (December 3, DAW)

In March 1987, Mercedes Lackey published her first novel,Arrows of the Queen. No one could have envisioned that this modest book would be the beginning of a fantasy career that would span decades and more than a hundred novels, with no signs of slowing yet. And among Ms. Lackey’s many novels, few are as critically-acclaimed and beloved as those of the Elemental Masters. The novels in this series are loosely based on classic fairy tales, and take place in a fantasy version of turn-of-the-century London, where magic is real and Elemental Masters control the powers of Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Now the voices of other authors join Mercedes Lackey to add their own special touches to this delightful alternate history, in a world where magic is always just around the corner. 

Everlasting Enchantment (Relics of Merlin #4), by Kathryne Kennedy, (December 3, Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Millicent Pantere has lived her entire life in the notorious London Underground. She cares nothing for the problems of the crown or the intrigues of society. But the ladies of the realm are acting strangely, and Millicent is coerced into tracking down the rumors of a mysterious man, a magic man who comes in the night and disappears at dawn. Millicent’s search leads her to one of Merlin’s legendary relics and the seductive knight whose fate is bound up with it. Centuries ago, Sir Gareth Solimere made the mistake of seducing the wrong woman, and he has been trapped ever since by a diabolical curse. He’s looking for the one who can break the enchantment, but in this world, there is no love without betrayal. 

Fireborn: A Dragonborn Novel, by Toby Forward, (December 3, Bloomsbury USA)

If magic sets the world on fire, something new is born from the flames. When an old, dying wizard steals magic from his young apprentice, Bee, he changes his own life and nearly destroys hers. But he also releases something new into the world, a wild magic that turns fields to flames and upsets the order of the world. It will take another apprentice, Cabbage, to find Bee and try to set the world right again. A breathtaking work of magic and suffering, friendship and transformation, and the new power that rises from the ashes of a terrible deed. (U.S. Release) 

Flamebound(Lone Star Witch #2), by Tessa Adams, (December 3, Signet)

After Xandra’s nasty run in with the Arcadian Council of Witches, where she was almost killed and her boyfriend, Declan, was almost framed for it, her plan is to lay low and figure out why its members would torment the people they are supposed to protect. Declan doesn’t feel so reticent. When violence erupts again, there’s no stopping him from pursuing revenge. When a council member is murdered in a fashion that screams dark magic, Declan claims someone else beat him to it. Xandra doesn’t want to believe he could commit such a brutal act, but she knows he has a dark side, one that his former love interest Tsura understands better than she ever will. With Tsura back in town, Xandra doesn’t know whom to trust. And a killer targeting witches and wizards is still at large. 

Home for the Haunting (A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #4), by Juliet Blackwell, (December 3, Signet)

No good deed goes unpunished. San Francisco contractor Mel Turner is leading a volunteer home renovation project, and while she expects lots of questions from her inexperienced crew, she can’t help asking a few of her own, especially about the haunted house next door, the place local kids call the Murder House. But when volunteers discover a body while cleaning out a shed, questions pile up faster than discarded lumber. Mel notices signs of ghostly activity next door and she wonders: Are the Murder House ghosts reaching out to her for help, or has the house claimed another victim? Now, surprised to find herself as the SFPD’s unofficial “ghost consultant,” Mel must investigate murders both past and present before a spooky killer finishes another job. 

Invasive Species, by Joseph Wallace, (December 3, Berkley)

There can only be one dominant life form on Earth. In the remote African wilderness, a rainforest is dying. But something else has come to life: A newly evolved predator that has survived the depredations of mankind, only to emerge from its natural habitat faster, stronger, and deadlier than anything humanity has ever faced. And it is no longer man. 

Kicking It (Alex Craft #4.5), edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price, (December 3, Roc)

Featuring stories by Faith Hunter, Kalayna Price, Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill, Rob Thurman, Shannon K. Butcher, Lucienne Diver, Chris Marie Green and Christina Henry. Rachel Caine has modern-day potions witches Holly and Andrew facing off against a firebrand politician who wears literally killer boots in a Texas-sized rodeo of trouble. Boot-loving Cadogan vampire Lindsey must team up with off-again, on-again vampire partner Luc when a woman from her past is targeted by supernaturals in Chloe Neill’s all-new adventure. Rob Thurman features Trixa Iktomi from her Trickster series dealing with magical vengeance and magical footwear. 

Lost Covenant (Widdershins Adventures #3), by Ari Marmell, (December 3, Pyr)

It’s been six months since Widdershins and her own “personal god” Olgun fled the city of Davillon. During their travels, Widdershins unwittingly discovers that a noble house is preparing to move against the last surviving bastion of the Delacroix family. Determined to help the distant relatives of her deceased adopted father, Alexandre Delacroix, she travels to a small town at the edge of the nation. There, she works at unraveling a plot involving this rival house and a local criminal organization, all while under intense suspicion from the very people she’s trying to rescue. Along the way she’ll have to deal with a traitor inside the Delacroix family, a mad alchemist, and an infatuated young nobleman who won’t take no for an answer. 

Malice(The Faithful and the Fallen #1), by John Gwynne, (December 3, Orbit)

Corban wants nothing more than to be a warrior under King Brenin’s rule. That day will come all too soon. The price he pays will be in blood. Evnis has sacrificed, too much it seems. But what he wants, the power to rule, will soon be in his grasp. Veradis is the newest member of the warband for the High Prince, Nathair. He is one of the most skilled swordsman to come out of his homeland. Nathairhas ideas, and a lot of plans. Many of them don’t involve his father, the High King Aquilus. The Banished Lands has a violent past. Now giants are seen, the stones weep blood and giant wyrms are stirring. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. For if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind’s hopes and dreams will fall to dust.  (U.S. Release) 

Man-Kzin Wars XIV, edited by Larry Niven, (December 3, Baen)

Includes hard-hitting and thought-inducing tales from a host of talented contributors: Hal Colebatch, Matthew Joseph Harrington, Alex Hernandez, Jessica Q. Fox, and more. The catlike alien Kzin, formerly invincible conquerors of all they encountered, must learn to compromise with humans if they wish to survive and prosper once again as a species. The kzin, formerly invincible conquerors of all they encountered, had a hard time dealing with their ignominious defeat by the leaf-eating humans. Some secretly hatched schemes for a rematch, others concentrated on gathering power within the kzin hierarchy, and some shamefully cooperated with the contemptible humans, though often for hidden motives. In war and in uneasy peace, kzin and humans continue their adventures. 

Mars, Inc.: The Billionaire’s Club, by Ben Bova, (December 3 Baen)

How do you get to the Red Planet? Not via a benighted government program trapped in red tape and bound by budget constrictions. What it will take is a helping of adventure, science, corporate powerplays and money, money, money. Art Thrasher knows this. He is a man with a driving vision: send humans to Mars. The government has utterly failed, but Thrasher has got the plan to accomplish such a feat: form a “club” of billionaires to chip in one billion a year until the dream is accomplished. Thrasher is different from the other dreamers in an important regard: he’s a billionaire himself, and the president of a successful company. The man for the job has arrived. Art Thrasher is prepared to do whatever it takes to put humans on Mars, or die trying. 

Nightmaster(Nightsiders #2), by Susan Krinard, (December 3, Harlequin)

Rumors of war are rumbling in the vampire city of Erebus. Undercover agent Trinity Ward must pose as a blood slave to unearth the truth and keep the peace between vampires and humans. Acting now as a serf to Ares, a powerful Bloodmaster Trinity must give herself to him. Yet one look into his striking eyes turns submission into burning desire. The fiery beauty has the same effect on Ares, but as their passion grows so do the risks. Now Trinity’s betrayal could cost her the mission and the man she loves. 

Prince of Shadows (Paladin Warriors #3), by Tes Hilaire, (December 3, Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Valin has never quite fit in among the rest of his Paladin brothers. His power to manipulate darkness and slip into the shade puts him at odds with the Paladin’s purpose of eradicating evil with the power of God’s Light. Only his dark edged humor hides his true nature from his brothers. But when he meets the vampire, Gabriella, something he thought was long buried begins to awaken within him. It is forbidden for a warrior of the Light to love a creature of the Dark. But maybe he was never made for the Light to begin with. 

Proxy(Avalon #0.5), by Mindee Arnett, (December 3, Balzer + Bray)

Proxy is an action-packed introduction to a world like nothing readers have seen before, and it sets a spark to the powder keg that will explode. If you need something stolen from any star system in the Confederation, you need look no further than the Shades. Jeth Seagrave and his band of teenage mercenaries have been making a name for themselves for being able to steal anything, and for disappearing before anyone is the wiser. Their latest job, a jewel heist on Grakkus, should be no different. But when Jeth’s boss replaces a key member of his crew just before takeoff, and Jeth discovers a betrayal within his own ranks, he begins to suspect that not everyone is going to be coming back from his job alive.  (ebook only) 

Real Vampires Know Size Matters (Glory St. Clair #10), by Gerry Bartlett, (December 3, Berkley Trade)

Just when curvaceous vampire Glory St. Clair has her life semi-on track, a woman from her longtime lover Jeremiah Campbell’s past steamrolls into town on a mission to win him back. Normally Glory wouldn’t feel threatened by a mortal with amorous intentions, but Jerry’s ex just happens to be a beautiful voodoo priestess with evil spirits at her beck and call-and a serious lack of conscience when it comes to getting what she wants. With her mother in the picture now, desperate to get Glory up to Olympus, Glory has her hands full. This time not even her new powers may be enough to help Glory cook up a solution that will help her keep the man she loves. 

Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2), by Morgan Rhodes and Michelle Rowen, (December 3, Razorbill)

Auranos has fallen and the three kingdoms, Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia, are now united as one country called Mytica. But still, magic beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world. When the evil King Gaius announces that a road is to be built into the Forbidden Mountains, formally linking all of Mytica together, he sets off a chain of events that will forever change the face of this land, forcing Cleo the dethroned princess, Magnus the reluctant heir, Lucia the haunted sorceress, and Jonas the desperate rebel to take steps they never could have imagined. 

Shannivar: Volume Two of the Seven-Petaled Shield, by Deborah J. Ross, (December 3, DAW)

Shannivar is a warrior, skilled in horsemanship and archery and raised by her uncle, the clan chieftain. Desperate to resist the imperialistic arm of the nearby growing empire, all of the clans of her nation are gathering to propose an alliance with each other. They encounter a stranger, Zevaron, heir to the magical Seven-Petaled Shield. Zevaron also seeks to halt the empire’s expansion and joins forces with Shannivar. The clan gathering is ready, except for the absence of the clan from the north. When the missing delegates arrive, they tell stories of wolves running mad, reindeer turning cannibal, and man-sized, upright lizards, called stone-drakes. Zevaron and Shannivar set out on a journey to discover the source of these dangers, a quest even the prophets believe will fail. 

Something More Than Night, by Ian Tregillis, (December 3, Tor)

Somebody has murdered the angel Gabriel. Worse, the Jericho Trumpet has gone missing, putting Heaven on the brink of a truly cosmic crisis. But the twisty plot that unfolds from the murder investigation leads to something much bigger: a con job one billion years in the making. A small band of angels has decided to break out of heaven, but they need a human patsy to make their plan work. Much of the story is told from the point of view of Bayliss, a cynical fallen angel who has modeled himself on Philip Marlowe. The yarn he spins follows the progression of a Marlowe novel, the mysterious dame who needs his help, getting grilled by the bulls, finding a stiff, getting slipped a mickey. Angels and gunsels, dames with eyes like fire, and a grand maguffin. 

Spellbound, by Sylvia Day, (December 3, William Morrow)

Her desire becomes his pleasure. Max Westin. Sex incarnate. She could smell it, feel it with his proximity. Everything about him was a little rough, a little gritty. A primitive creature. Just like she was. He held her hand a little too long, his thickly-lashed gaze clearly stating his intentions to have her. To tame her. “Victoria.” Her name, just one word, but spoken with such possession she could almost feel the collar around her neck. “It’s in your nature,” he murmured. “The desire to be taken.” In this game of cat and mouse, everything is an illusion but the passion is as real as it gets. 

Supervolcano: Things Fall Apart (Supervolcano #3), by Harry Turtledove, (December 3, Roc)

An explosion of incalculable magnitude in Yellowstone Park propelled lava and ash across the landscape and into the atmosphere, forever altering the climate of the entire continent. Nothing grows from the tainted soil. Stalled and stilled machines function only as statuary. People have been scraping by on the excess food and goods produced before the eruption. But supplies are running low. Natural resources are dwindling. And former police officer Colin Ferguson knows that time is running out for his family, and for humanity. 

The Accidental Werewolf 2: Something About Harry (Accidentally Friends #8), by Dakota Cassidy, (December 3, Berkley Trade)

Accountant Harry Ralph Emerson has always been a by-the-numbers kind of guy. When he finds himself trapped at work sprouting an obscene amount of hair, he knows his odds for maintaining normalcy are none. Harry goes through the OOPS, Out in the Open Paranormal Support, checklist and comes to a conclusion: He’s turning into a werewolf. Werewolf Mara Flaherty has long carried a torch for Pack Cosmetics’s accountant, even after her attempt to seduce him went down in flames. When her sister-in-law, Marty, shows up to handle Harry’s OOPS emergency, she tasks Mara with showing the hirsute hottie the ropes. Mara knows Harry’s condition is a result of her lab experiment gone wrong, and the object of her affection is about to give her a piece of his mind. 

The Chosen Seed: The Forgotten Gods: Book Three (The Dog-Faced Gods #3), by Sarah Pinborough (December 3, Ace Trade)

The tables have turned, and now Detective Inspector Cass Jones is a wanted man on the streets of London. Framed for murder and hunted by his former colleagues, Cass needs every ally he can get, including a very unexpected figure from his past. While detectives Hask and Ramsey search for the killer behind the lethal Strain II virus, Mr. Bright continues to pull strings from the shadows, and there are dire warnings of a final battle that could tear everything apart. As he searches for his kidnapped nephew while eluding his own pursuers, Cass is determined to find the answers, even if he has to confront the darkest secrets of the history of humanity to do it.  (U.S. Release) 

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth: A Novel, by Isabel Greenberg, (December 3, Little, Brown and Company)

A beautifully illustrated book of imaginary fables about Earth’s early, and lost, history. Before our history began, another, now forgotten, civilization thrived. The people who roamed Early Earth were much like us: curious, emotional, funny, ambitious, and vulnerable. In this series of illustrated and linked tales, Isabel Greenberg chronicles the explorations of a young man as he paddles from his home in the North Pole to the South Pole. There, he meets his true love, but their romance is ill-fated. Early Earth’s unusual and finicky polarity means the lovers can never touch. 

The Grove (Guardians of Destiny #2), by Jean Johnson, (December 3, Berkley Trade)

The Witches of Darkhana are mobilized. Their mission: gather the most honest, true servants of each deity so that they may respectfully represent their land at the reopening of the Convocation of Gods and Man. For Witch-Priest Aradin Teral, his part in the quest has taken him across Katan, searching for the best representative of an empire bent on preventing that very task. Since the destruction of the last Convocation, the magics of the Grove have been warped, endangering pilgrims and residents alike. Priestess Saleria is now the Keeper of the Grove, and Guardian of the Divine Garden. The arrival of a stranger bearing the faces of two men brings the promise of change, even peace, to the valley. It also ushers in an irresistible passion and a threat to Saleria’s control. 

Unclaimed (The Amoveo Legend #5), by Sara Humphreys, (December 3, Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Tatiana Winters, from the Timber Wolf clan, is a spirited veterinarian who wants nothing to do with the Amoveo, the ancient race of shape-shifters who live secretly among humans. But when the Amoveo Prince’s horses fall sick, Tatiana reluctantly heads to his ranch to help. When she meets Dominic Trejada, a handsome warrior from the Tiger Clan, they instantly clash and sparks ignite. But when danger stalks near, they will have to find a way to trust each other if they want to stay alive. 

Under an Endless Sky (Granite Lake Wolves #5-6), by Vivian Arend, (December 3, Samhain)

Jared’s quiet morning coffee near the harbour ends with him on a cruise ship impersonating one of his pack mates. Keri would love to confirm her suspicion that the last-minute recruit sneaking aboard the Wolf Line cruise ship is her mate, but she’s committed to being the troubleshooter for this shifter-only tour. Tessa knows the landlocked paddle wheeler she’s spotted is the perfect place to start an Eco-tour B&B. The owner is refusing to sell. She’s sure that replacing her written queries with a little in-person charm is all she’ll need to be on the road to success. For Mark, there are more reasons for holding back the sale than are easily explained. A face-to-face meeting to resolve the matter only confounds it when Mark recognizes Tessa as his mate. 
“In the Greenwood” is a new short story by Mari Ness.   (ebook only)

The small print: This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners will be announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info. 

Now….go forth and tell me what you want to read!

40 thoughts on “New Releases Nov. 30-Dec. 6 and Readers Choice C*ntest

  1. Hard to believe it’s December already. I would choose Darklove by Elle Jasper. I already ordered Kicking It anthology.

  2. if it’s in print then i want kicking it anthology if not then second choice is a favourite alien research

    thank you a lot

  3. Oooo, definitely Kicking It! Love Rob Thurman. How bout that Bama-Auburn game, lol!!! Still can’t believe how that turned out…

  4. I would love the Kicking it anthology 🙂 Wow… where has this year gone?!? Thanks again for the great giveaway!

  5. OMG, this list is insane! I thought it would never end. I did pick out a single book though, I’d like to have Supervolcano: Things Fall Apart by Harry Turtledove. Thanks very much, have a great week. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

  6. Yikes, I have my eye on so many! I think I would go for the Nyx Fortuna book (or maybe Rebel Spring. Or the Jean Johnson book.)
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  7. I really want to read Alien Research (Katherine “Kitty” Kat #8), by Gini Koch- The series is great!
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  8. I’d like the 1st book in the series Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes and Michelle Rowen,

    Thanks for the opportunity to win

  9. Wow, what an amazing list! I would love to win Kicking It. And I can tell you all, that the new Gini Koch book is amazing.

  10. Ok, hope my husband gives my that Amazon gc for Christmas! Too many to chose from. I think I’ll choose Dragon’s Teeth or Dangerous Women. Many thanks!

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  11. Fantastic selection this week! It is so hard to pick just one. I would love to win Dangerous Women because it has stories by two of my favorite authors – Sherrilyn Kenyon and Jim Butcher. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  12. Well, if I hadn’t already got it, it would have been Alien Research, but the next two on my list are almost as Yahoo-worthy: Real Vampires Know Size Matters or Something About Harry.

    Thanks, as always, for doing these giveaways!

    rissatoo (ATgmail DOTcom)

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  13. There are a lot of books here that I like, but I think my (tough) first choice would be Everlasting Enchantment.
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